Source Audio True Spring Reverb vs. a True Spring Reverb: Can You Hear the Difference?

Ever since the Hammond Organ Company created a compact reverb effect for its line of organs back in the early '60s, countless designers and companies have worked on units of their own that could imitate the sound. Leo Fender was one of the earliest adopters of the effect, installing Hammond's Accusonics tank into the '63 Vibroverb, which, despite its short production run, is still one of the most sought-after amplifiers today.

After the Vibroverb, Fender would continue to produce spring reverb-equipped amplifiers, including a model that you'll find Andy playing through in most of his demo videos, the '65 Reissue Fender Deluxe Reverb. But with all of the advancements in pedal building and design, today, players aren't relegated to amplifiers alone when they're after the classic spring reverb sound.

In the video above, Andy takes a look at a brand-new spring reverb emulation from Source Audio, the True Spring Reverb. To really illustrate how capable the pedal's digital effects engines are of delivering a true spring reverb sound, Andy stacks it against his '65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb in a series of blind comparisons. And for what it's worth, Andy ends up preferring the pedal for its versatility and the tone-shaping options (like being able to change the virtual length of the spring tank) that you don't get with amp-based alternatives.

Can you tell the which is which during Andy's blind tests? Be sure to watch the video above to find out and to learn more about what the Source Audio True Spring Reverb can do. To pick up your own True Spring Reverb right now on Reverb, click here.


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